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"Grandpappy the Pirate" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 6. In this episode, Mr. Krabs seeks the help of his crew to convince his grandfather that he is a pirate.



Outside the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs receives a letter in the mail from his grandfather who is visiting him. He is a pirate, unlike Mr. Krabs, who he thinks is a pirate also, instead of owning the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that he was a pirate too like his grand-dad "Grandpa Redbeard" but he quit because his crew took all the money, and then he fired his crew.

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Mr. Krabs' pirate crew.

To please his "grandpappy," Mr. Krabs gets himself, Squidward, Patrick, and SpongeBob to disguise as pirates, rebuild the Krusty Krab into a pirate ship, and try to convince him that they are trained pirates. Ironically, Grandpappy arrives and sees the ship and reveals that he was beginning to think Mr. Krabs was lying to his "old granddad." Grandpappy soon orders Mr. Krabs to show him what his ship can do. Mr. Krabs pretends to sail the ship. Squidward makes it look waves are coming up. Patrick blows water up in the air for effect. Mr. Krabs has to make a comment twice to get SpongeBob to do his part. SpongeBob's job is to play a record secretly (It is to make it sound like wind). Grandpappy is still fooled.

Grandpappy sees someone ahead and soon gets his "crew" to go to their stations for battle. Mr. Krabs is worried that it is the real deal. Mr. Krabs reveals it is his daughter, Pearl. Grandpappy, thinking it is a sea witch, claims he is going to make her meet her maker.

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"What's with the lame outfit?"

Before he can kill her, Mr. Krabs stops him just in time. Grandpappy asks Mr. Krabs why and Mr. Krabs responds he is only trying to inspect the "cannon." The fiery "cannon" is actually a fiery bag, as shown. Grandpappy wonders why it is so. Pearl is angry because Mr. Krabs didn't come quickly. Mr. Krabs soon manages to shoo Pearl away. Mr. Krabs lets Grandpappy know that he has already taken care of it. Grandpappy sees through Mr. Krabs' game and becomes so infuriated that the record on his nose literally explodes. Mr. Krabs tries to reason with him, but Grandpappy makes Mr. Krabs say that the code is to never tell a lie. Mr. Krabs then confesses about how much of a "dirty liar" he has been.

Mr. Krabs breaks everything that is a lie and takes off the "crew"s clothing. The only thing left is the Krusty Krab and its true belonging. Mr. Krabs reveals to Grandpappy that he is the boss of a restaurant. Surprisingly to Mr. Krabs, Grandpappy is impressed for his effort of Mr. Krabs' restaurant saying that his prices of things and scamming people out of money legally is true piracy. Soon, Grandpappy "borrows" some of Mr. Krabs' "booty." Grandpappy leaves on a lifeboat, laughing maniacally like a pirate would do normally. Mr. Krabs, chuckling, says that he (himself) knew he got his talent from his Grandpappy.



This episode was confirmed on April 28, 2008.[1]

This episode, along with its sister,[2] "Dear Vikings," "Ditchin', "Squid's Visit," and "To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" were all added to the US Copyright Office on November 13, 2008.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  Add Lib Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [mail truck arrives]
  Whats This Sting - Nicolas Carr [message in a bottle]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [letter from Krabs' grandpa]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney [Krabs gasps]
  Happy Crusty Crew 2 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Aye, I come from a whole family of pirates."]
  SpongeBob Flashback Vibes - Nicolas Carr [start of flashback]
  Toy Piano 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs as a baby]
  Buccaneer Overture - David Arkenstone [Krabs as a pirate]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs sold his ship]
  SpongeBob Flashback Vibes - Nicolas Carr [end of flashback]
  Happy Crusty Crew 2 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs finishes his story]
  Steel Licks 37 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob suggests making the Krusty Krab into a pirate ship]
  March to Battle - Laurie Johnson ["All right, me hearties."]
  Steel Licks 22 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krusty Krew dressed like pirates]
  March to Battle - Laurie Johnson ["Which means, I want you to look like a pirate."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Patrick's bad breath]
  The Jovial Buccaneers [#37] - John Fox ["Let's get this restaurant ready to sail!"]
  Sea Battle [#44] - John Fox [turning the Krusty Krab into a pirate ship]
  PercussionAnouncement - Nicolas Carr [Krabs hears Redbeard]
  A Pirate's Life For Me (A) - Ron Goodwin [Redbeard arrives]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["It's good to see you, your ship after so many moons."]
  Sea Fanfare - John Fox [pretending to sail]
  Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [fake waves]
  Record Scratches - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob puts on a record.]
  Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["There it is! That wind storm I mentioned earlier."]
  FlexTone Sting - Nicolas Carr [Redbeard sees a hair net]
  Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["What's a hair net doin' on a pirate ship?"]
  Dramatic Sea Battle - Gerhard Trede [film of sea monster]
  Sea Battle [#48] - John Fox ["That's me boy!"]
  Steel Licks 37 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Ready, Squidward?"]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [Krabs pretending to fight the sea monster]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Check the size of it, Granddad!"]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr ["Granddad?"]
  Pirate Ship - David Farnon [Redbeard in the crow's nest]
  Sponge Tango - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [Pearl yelling]
  No Way Out [#15] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Prepare to meet your maker, sea witch."]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [papier-mache cannon]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Pearl still yelling]
  Steel Licks 46 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick gargling]
  Record Scratches - Nicolas Carr [record skips]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Just a second."]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [Redbeard growls]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland ["Nothing smells stinkier than a lie!"]
  International Law - Peter Yorke ["A pirate never lies!"]
  Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Krabs destroying the ship]
  Sad Sack Shanty - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["You see, Granddad? I'm no pirate, just a lowly restaurant owner."]
  Add Lib Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Why, I couldn't be more proud."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [cash register missing]
  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [ending]




  • This episode was originally titled "Krabs' Grandad."[1][3]
  • The title card for this episode is similar to the title card for "Shell of a Man," except it is brown instead of red.
  • The words on the title card are a unique mix of uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Mr. Krabs receives a letter from his granddad that came a bottle, which resembles the Krabby Patty secret formula.
  • Reg appears as a crew member when Mr. Krabs is shown distributing his treasure to his crew.
  • The fake monster was shown again in SpongeBob Moves In!
  • Grandpappy thinks that Pearl is a sea monster, which implies he doesn't know that Mr. Krabs is a father, and that he (himself) has a great-granddaughter.
    • Also, he is the first relative besides Mr. Krabs to appear in the same episode with her.
  • Mr. Krabs mentions that his entire family consists of pirates. However, some of his relatives like Great Grandpop Krabs, Great Great Grandpa Krabs, Pappy Krabs, and King Krabs appear to not have any pirate characteristics.
  • Despite being very stingy in several other episodes, Mr. Krabs has no problem with letting his Grandpappy take some of his cash.
  • These is a book based on this episode named Pirates of Bikini Bottom.
    • Despite having similarities with this episode, that book was published 2-and-a-half years before this episode premiered.
  • This is the first episode where "Add Lib Jig," "Jovial Pirate's Jig," "Happy Crusty Crew 2," "In a Minor Mood Jig," and "Sad Sack Shanty" play.
  • This is the second episode to premiere in the "SpongeBob Triple Play" event.
  • This is the second episode where Mr. Krabs' pirate side is shown and where him, SpongeBob, and Patrick pretend to be pirates. The first is "Arrgh!"
  • This is the third episode in which a character pretends to be someone they are not for their relatives. The first is "Grandma's Kisses," and second is "I'm with Stupid."


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Mr. Krabs as a baby with no nose.

  • In the scene when Mr. Krabs is shown as a baby, he has no nose.
  • In the flashbacks, Grandpa Redbeard is shown as old as in the rest of the episode, while he should look younger since those flashbacks happened a long time ago before the episode.
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"Gally Grub" error.

  • In the first scene of Mr. Krabs explaining pirate principles to SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward, the Galley Grub sign is misspelled as "Gally Grub."
  • Also, in the shipbuilding montage, the Galley Grub is covered up, but later, the phrase, "Galley Grub" can be clearly seen in the background.
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SpongeBob wearing normal clothes instead of pirate clothes.

  • When SpongeBob jumps up to catch the harpoon, he is wearing his normal clothes, but when he next appears, he is wearing his pirate outfit again.
Pearl's missing mouth

Pearl is missing her mouth.

  • When Pearl calls to Mr. Krabs, her mouth is missing for a frame.
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"Krabby Pattie" error.

  • When Mr. Krabs says, "All a lie!," "Krabby Patty" is misspelled as "Krabby Pattie" on the Galley Grub.
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The ordering boat and window are missing.

  • When Redbeard is congratulating Mr. Krabs, the ordering boat is missing as well as the window leading into the kitchen.
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Boat with the wrong colors.

  • When Redbeard Krabs leaves with the money at the end of the episode, the boat is brown and wooden instead of the usual white and red color scheme.